Review of Overtime Practices at a Number of Federal Agencies

FPCD-79-20: Published: Dec 21, 1978. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 1978.

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A review of overtime practices of federal agencies indicates that there is a need for each agencies' internal audit group to constantly monitor the agencies' payroll systems, as well as program activities, to ensure that internal controls are in place and properly implemented.

Abuse of overtime seems to be widespread due to certain deficiencies in agency control systems. These include: (1) improper or missing authorization for overtime; (2) lack of adequate batch controls, record counts, and control totals which permit unauthorized changes in information affecting employee's pay; and (3) failure to provide feedback to supervisors on overtime paid to employees which allows improper overtime to remain undetected.

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